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AIME pares down expo site options to two cities

The American International Motorcycle Expo has narrowed its search for an expo venue to two cities.

The Marketplace Events team of Larry Little, Mike Webster and Cinnamon Kernes has traveled around the country in search of a location and thinned their original list of more than 10 cities down to two options. A final announcement is expected by the end of the month.

"The search has taken us far and wide in our mission of finding the perfect destination for AIME, and it's become a 'Tale of Two Cities,'" said Little, vice president and general manager, Motorcycle Group. "AIME's aspiration is to become the single-most-important show of its kind in North America, with industry, press, retailers, and consumers in one place at one time, so an ideal location is one of our highest priorities."

"While there are plenty of quality venues to host the show, we're balancing a number of key considerations which have narrowed the field," said Webster, president, Trade Show Division. "A great venue needs to have a welcoming climate for retailers and be accessible and motorcycle-friendly to a large base of motorcycle consumers, while offering the best overall cost efficiencies for exhibitors."

Marketplace Events announced its plans for a new motorcycle show set for the fall of 2013 in January, and Powersports Business ran a story in its Feb. 13 issue. At Dealer Expo in February, AIME hosted a party to introduce the expo to the industry, drawing more than 300 attendees.

In the days before the location announcement, AIME will reveal hints and sneak peaks about the city on its Facebook (AIMExpo) and Twitter (@AIMExpo) pages.

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